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Strand Tower (2006)

Strand Tower (2006)

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People

  • Testa & Weiser (archive creator)
  • Testa & Weiser (architectural firm)
  • Peter Testa (architect)
  • Devyn Weiser (architect)
  • Ian Ferguson (collaborator)
  • Emily White (collaborator)
  • Simon Greenwold (software developer)
  • Andy Chang (collaborator)
  • Lily Nourmansouri (collaborator)
  • 3D Systems (model maker)

Title

Strand Tower (2006)

Dates of creation

2006-2014

Level of archival description

Project

Extent and Medium

  • 8,158 digital files (261 GB)
  • 6 models

Scope and Content

This project file documents unbuilt designs by Testa & Weiser for Strand Tower (2006), a continuation of the Carbon Tower research project. Various iterations of Strand Tower are woven out of carbon fibre according to a pattern algorithmically generated by the Weaver software. “The complexity of the final design is produced by arraying a basic fiber bundle of 114 strands; stacked 70 times for a total of approximately 8,000 strands.”[1]

The file contains a large number of digital files which document the conceptual and design development of the project, fabrication of 3D printed physical models, and exhibition of the project at several museums and galleries, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. The file also includes six physical models produced by the 3D printing firm 3D Systems.

Sources:

[1] "Strand Tower project and credit text" (AP174.S1.2006.D2.007). Testa & Weiser records, Centre Canadien d’Architecture/Canadian Centre for Architecture.

Reference Number

AP174.S1.2006.D2

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    • Reference Number: AP174.S1.2006.D2.001
    • Title: Working files and documentation relating to 3D printed models
    • Dates of creation: 2006
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Testa & Weiser (archive creator)

    Description:

    Contains digital files in formats such as STL, MGX, and Rhinoceros used to create 3D printed models of the Monster, Precursor, MMOG, and Tortilla Squished & Stacked iterations of Strand Tower. Also included are screen captures and documentation of the Magics application used to created the models. Original directory name: "3D PRINTS". Most common file formats: STL (Standard Tessellation Language) Binary, 3DM, Unidentified, DS_store file (MAC), Maya Binary File Format

    Quantity / Object type:

    891 digital file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 889 digital files (27 GB)

    Credit line:

    Testa & Weiser project records
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Peter Testa et Devyn Weiser/
    Gift of Peter Testa and Devyn Weiser

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    • Reference Number: AP174.S1.2006.D2.002
    • Title: Presentation animations
    • Dates of creation: 2006-2014
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Testa & Weiser (archive creator)

    Description:

    Contains two sets of animations relating to the MMOG and Monster iterations of the Strand Tower. One set of animations dating from 2006 appears to have been created for use at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and contains instructions from Devyn Wesier on how to combine the individual .mov files into a continuous loop. The second set of animations contains higher resolution renders of the digital models created by the firm in 2014. Original directory name: "ANIMATIONS". Most common file formats: Quicktime, MPEG-4 Media File, DS_store file (MAC), Plain Text File

    Quantity / Object type:

    25 digital file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 23 digital files (22 GB)

    Credit line:

    Testa & Weiser project records
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Peter Testa et Devyn Weiser/
    Gift of Peter Testa and Devyn Weiser

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    • Reference Number: AP174.S1.2006.D2.003
    • Title: 3D design files in Rhinoceros and Maya
    • Dates of creation: 2006-2014; predominant 2006
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Testa & Weiser (archive creator)

    Description:

    Contains design files created in Rhinoceros and Maya, organized into five folders by project phase. Also includes several Weaver Maya Embedded Language (MEL) scripts and a README file from 2014 indicating that final drawings can be found in the directory containing InDesign material (AP174.S1.2006.D2.004). Original directory name: "DESIGN RHINO & MAYA". Most common file formats: Maya Binary File Format, JPEG File Interchange Format, Adobe Photoshop, Plain Text File, Unidentified

    Quantity / Object type:

    514 digital file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 514 digital files (12 GB)

    Credit line:

    Testa & Weiser project records
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Peter Testa et Devyn Weiser/
    Gift of Peter Testa and Devyn Weiser

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    • Reference Number: AP174.S1.2006.D2.004
    • Title: Final renderings and drawings in InDesign
    • Dates of creation: 2014
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Testa & Weiser (archive creator)

    Description:

    Contains PDF files including presentation materials and final drawings from 2014 as well as the corresponding InDesign working folders containing media such as images and fonts. Original directory name: "INDESIGN WITH LINKS (DRAWINGS, RENDERS, PHOTOS)". Most common file formats: Tagged Image File Format, DS_store file (MAC), Acrobat PDF 1.4 - Portable Document Format, Adobe InDesign Document, Plain Text File

    Quantity / Object type:

    314 digital file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 312 digital files (44 GB)

    Credit line:

    Testa & Weiser project records
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Peter Testa et Devyn Weiser/
    Gift of Peter Testa and Devyn Weiser

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    • Reference Number: AP174.S1.2006.D2.005
    • Title: Photographs of 3D printed models
    • Dates of creation: 2006-2013
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Testa & Weiser (archive creator)

    Description:

    Contains digital photographs of Strand Tower physical models in the process of being produced at 3D Systems Germany; on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and professionally photographed from a number of angles. Original directory name: "MODEL PHOTOS". Most common file formats: Exchangeable Image File Format (Compressed), Canon RAW, DS_store file (MAC), Extensible Markup Language, Rich Text Format

    Quantity / Object type:

    4122 digital file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 4116 digital files (54 GB)

    Credit line:

    Testa & Weiser project records
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Peter Testa et Devyn Weiser/
    Gift of Peter Testa and Devyn Weiser

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    • Reference Number: AP174.S1.2006.D2.006
    • Title: Maya and ZBrush renderings
    • Dates of creation: 2006-2014
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Testa & Weiser (archive creator)

    Description:

    Contains the results of rendering tests in Maya, 2006 and 2009; renderings of Strand Tower used in the Skin and Bones exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2006; renderings of Strand Tower and exhibition photos from the Wild Child exhibit at Bridge Gallery, New York, 2009; ZBrush renders from 2009; and final renderings created in ZBrush in 2013. Includes a README file from 2014 indicating that final ZBrush renderings can also be found in the directory containing InDesign material (AP174.S1.2006.D2.004). Original directory name: "RENDERS". Most common file formats: Tagged Image File Format, JPEG File Interchange Format, Portable Network Graphics, Maya Binary File Format, Unidentified

    Quantity / Object type:

    2304 digital file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 2303 digital files (102 GB)

    Credit line:

    Testa & Weiser project records
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Peter Testa et Devyn Weiser/
    Gift of Peter Testa and Devyn Weiser

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    • Reference Number: AP174.S1.2006.D2.007
    • Title: Strand Tower project and credit text
    • Dates of creation: 2014
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Testa & Weiser (archive creator)

    Description:

    Original file name: "_credits&text_STRAND_TOWER.docx". File format: Microsoft Word for Windows

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 digital file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 1 digital file (99 KB)

    Credit line:

    Testa & Weiser project records
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Peter Testa et Devyn Weiser/
    Gift of Peter Testa and Devyn Weiser

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    • Reference Number: AP174.S1.2006.D2.008
    • Title: Strand Tower model
    • Dates of creation: 2006
    • Form: models

    People:

    • Testa & Weiser (archive creator)
    • 3D Systems (model maker)
    • Testa & Weiser (architectural firm)

    Description:

    3D printed 1:125 scale metric model produced by 3D Systems in Germany of the final iteration of Strand Tower, sometimes referred to in the records as "MMOG" or "Mary Mother of God". The model was created using selective laser sintering (SLS) and is in several pieces.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 model(s)

    Technique and media:

    Duraform pa, acrylic

    Dimensions:

    model (approx.): 125 × 50 × 50 cm (49 3/16 × 19 11/16 × 19 11/16 in.)

    Credit line:

    Testa & Weiser project records
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Peter Testa et Devyn Weiser/
    Gift of Peter Testa and Devyn Weiser

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    • Reference Number: AP174.S1.2006.D2.009
    • Title: Strand Tower Precursor (Monster) model
    • Dates of creation: 2006
    • Form: models

    People:

    • Testa & Weiser (archive creator)
    • 3D Systems (model maker)
    • Testa & Weiser (architectural firm)

    Description:

    3D printed model produced by 3D Systems in Germany of the Strand Tower precursor iteration sometimes known in the records as "Monster". Consists of fiber groups A, C, D, E, and G. The model was created on a Sinterstation HiQ 3D printer.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 model(s)

    Technique and media:

    Duraform gf

    Dimensions:

    model (approx.): 44 × 33 × 31 cm (17 5/16 × 13 × 12 3/16 in.)

    Credit line:

    Testa & Weiser project records
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Peter Testa et Devyn Weiser/
    Gift of Peter Testa and Devyn Weiser

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    • Reference Number: AP174.S1.2006.D2.010
    • Title: Strand Tower Precursor (Monster) model
    • Dates of creation: 2006
    • Form: models

    People:

    • Testa & Weiser (archive creator)
    • 3D Systems (model maker)
    • Testa & Weiser (architectural firm)

    Description:

    3D printed model produced by 3D Systems in Germany of the Strand Tower precursor iteration sometimes known in the records as "Monster". Consists of fiber group D only. The model was created on a Sinterstation HiQ 3D printer.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 model(s)

    Technique and media:

    Duraform pa

    Dimensions:

    model: 38 × 33 × 8 cm (14 15/16 × 13 × 3 1/8 in.)

    Credit line:

    Testa & Weiser project records
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Peter Testa et Devyn Weiser/
    Gift of Peter Testa and Devyn Weiser

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    • Reference Number: AP174.S1.2006.D2.011
    • Title: Strand Tower Precursor (Monster) model test prints
    • Dates of creation: 2006
    • Form: models

    People:

    • Testa & Weiser (archive creator)
    • 3D Systems (model maker)
    • Testa & Weiser (architectural firm)

    Description:

    Test prints for a 3D printed model produced by 3D Systems in Germany of the Strand Tower precursor iteration sometimes known in the records as "Monster". The prints were created using invision multi-jet modeling.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 model(s)

    Technique and media:

    Acrylic photopolymer

    Dimensions:

    model: 13 × 13 × 5 cm (5 1/8 × 5 1/8 × 1 15/16 in.)

    Credit line:

    Testa & Weiser project records
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Peter Testa et Devyn Weiser/
    Gift of Peter Testa and Devyn Weiser

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    • Reference Number: AP174.S1.2006.D2.012
    • Title: Strand Tower Precursor 01 model
    • Dates of creation: 2006
    • Form: models

    People:

    • Testa & Weiser (archive creator)
    • 3D Systems (model maker)
    • Testa & Weiser (architectural firm)

    Description:

    3D printed model produced by 3D Systems in Germany of a Strand Tower precursor. The model was created on a Sinterstation HiQ 3D printer.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 model(s)

    Technique and media:

    Duraform pa

    Dimensions:

    model: 46 × 26 × 8 cm (18 1/8 × 10 1/4 × 3 1/8 in.)

    Credit line:

    Testa & Weiser project records
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Peter Testa et Devyn Weiser/
    Gift of Peter Testa and Devyn Weiser

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    • Reference Number: AP174.S1.2006.D2.013
    • Title: Strand Tower fiber stacks
    • Dates of creation: 2006
    • Form: models

    People:

    • Testa & Weiser (archive creator)
    • 3D Systems (model maker)
    • Testa & Weiser (architectural firm)

    Description:

    3D printed model produced by 3D Systems in Germany of a Strand Tower precursor consisting of single and triple fiber stacks. The model was created on a Sinterstation HiQ 3D printer.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 model(s)

    Technique and media:

    Duraform pa

    Dimensions:

    model: 32 × 34 × 16 cm (12 5/8 × 13 3/8 × 6 5/16 in.)

    Credit line:

    Testa & Weiser project records
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Peter Testa et Devyn Weiser/
    Gift of Peter Testa and Devyn Weiser

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